An intruder was killed and two others were arrested after they crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal valley’s Poonch district, the Army said on Sunday.
“In the search operation so far three bags with 14 packets of narcotics weighing approximately 17 kg, Pakistan currency, some documents and eatables have been recovered. During preliminary questioning, the two intruders apprehended alive claimed they are residents of Pakistan-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and belong to Maidan Mohalla, village Chanjal,” Jammu-based Defence spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said.
The Army said the infiltration bid was foiled around 10.15 p.m. by the alert troops deployed on the LoC in the Poonch Sector, as they observed a suspicious movement of a group, three individuals, close to LoC.
“At around midnight the group crossed the LoC and started infiltrating on our side. The movement of the infiltrating group was under continuous observation. At around 2.00 a.m., the group approached the fence and the alert Indian Army troops challenged the infiltrators. The intruders started to run away, were engaged by fire, in which one intruder was shot dead, while the other two managed to run into the jungle taking advantage of the thick foliage and rocky outcrop,” the Army said.
The Army said that at the first light the body of one intruder was recovered at the encounter site. “As the search progressed in the jungle, one intruder was apprehended alive in wounded condition. In the subsequent search the third intruder was also apprehended alive,” the Army added.
“The alert Indian Army troops have thus prevented a major infiltration bid of a narco-terror group, which had the potential of disturbing the peace in Poonch and Rajouri districts through its nefarious designs,” Lt. Col. Anand said.